Another fresh face in Kenyan Parliament

June 11, 2010 12:00 am

, KISII, Kenya, Jun 11- Ford People has sprung a surprise in South Mugirango after Manson Nyamweya garnered 14,099 votes against 8,885 polled by his closest rival, former Member of Parliament Omingo Magara.

Ibrahim Ochoi of the Orange Democratic Party came third with 7,638 votes while Kenya African National Union candidate Joshua Ondora got 1,231 votes.

The MP-elect has pledge to work towards uniting the people of South Mugirango.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Nyamweya said he was ready to bring development to the region.

He said he would use public resources to improve the livelihood of the locals amid song and dance as soon as he was declared the winner.

The results were announced at 6am on Friday by returning officer Boniventure Obongoya after a night of intrigues that saw ODM concede early defeat even before the final tally.

The party led by Lands Minister James Orengo, Paul Otuoma of the Fisheries Ministry and nominated MP Rachael Shebesh convened an impromptu press conference at 2am outside tallying hall to announce their stand.

Mr Orengo said that local politics dominated the by-elections but noted that ODM still remained the most popular party in the region.

He said that the party was not disappointed with the results given the trend of vote counting as it prepares for 2012 general election.

Mr Orengo said that even though there were massive voter malpractices, they would not challenge the results in court.

Mr Ochoi said he would still popularise the party in the constituency.


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